Megan Monkman was an undergraduate student at Simon Fraser University when she experienced a debilitating mental health crisis in the fall of 2018. Unfortunately during recovery, some members of the student community she was a part of did not have the insight to deliver compassion for her struggles. Megan carried the stigma and marginalization from her crisis through to the completion of her mathematics degree in 2019.
The Courage to Persevere Award was established by Megan and her family to provide financial aid, support and validation to other students struggling with their mental health at SFU. The award is intended to honour those students who often struggle in silence and Megan is honoured to lend her shared experience to the cause. It is a small gesture toward eliminating stigma for all; but it is hopefully a significant act for each student that receives the award. The hope is to continue this award each year and any aid in achieving this goal is greatly appreciated.
Join Megan and her family in their goal to raise $7,500 to support additional students through the Courage to Persevere Award. This award supports students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning who have experienced a significant mental health challenge and are persevering to continue their studies.
"We are honoured and delighted to start this initiative at SFU, helping students who struggle with their mental health. It means a lot to our family and we hope this support will mean a lot to the students."
Kim Monkman and Dale Beauchamp (Megan's Mom and her partner)